UCM offers ample opportunities for engaged experience through graduate assistant positions.
A graduate assistantship is aimed to provide support to a graduate student, both resident
and non-resident, throughout their time of graduate study at the University. Graduate
assistants are compensated for their services with a stipend and scholarships.
Types of Assistantships
There are multiple types of assistantships available at UCM including teaching, research,
athletic, lab, student affairs, and administrative roles. As a Graduate Assistant,
you are making a significant commitment to the University of Central Missouri by agreeing
to achieve exceptional academic performance in your degree program and carry extensive
Teach lower-level undergraduate classes, laboratory sections, discussion sessions,
or assist an instructor with teaching classes with large enrollments
Assist faculty members in research and other scholarly activities
Work in administrative offices such as Graduate Education and Research, Academic Advising,
or various other offices/areas on campus
Work directly with UCM students in residential life or other student services offices
Serve as instructor or assist faculty in teaching laboratory sections
Support and coach UCM student-athletes in preparation for competition
Besides getting great work experience, being a graduate assistant provides students
with the opportunity to receive scholarships and stipends for their commitment.
- The compensation for full-time graduate assistants who teach two 3-hour courses per
semester or whose assignment involves 20 hours per week is $3,750 per semester or $7,500 for two semesters.
- The assistantship also includes a scholarship. For a 20 hour per week assistantship,
the scholarship covers up to $3,795.00 (+$3,265.00 for non-residents) of graduate coursework per semester.
- View the list of stipends and scholarships for full or partial graduate assistantships.
- Please be advised that federal financial aid regulations require that the total dollar
value of your tuition scholarship be included in your 'package' of federal financial
aid (Perkins Loan, Stafford Loan, etc.). If this action results in you being over-awarded,
a reduction in your loan proceeds may be necessary.
To be eligible for a Graduate Assistantship, a student must meet the following requirements:
- A Bachelor’s degree completed by the beginning of the assistantship
- Acceptance into the applied Graduate Program
- A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or a 3.0 if Graduate work has been completed
Once a position is appointed, a minimum of 6 graduate credits must be taken for fall/spring
semesters and 3 graduate credits during summer, while maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher,
- A Master's student may be awarded an assistantship a maximum of four semesters, but
an Education Specialist student who had an assistantship while working on a previous
master's degree, may have three additional semesters.
- Additional information provided in the Graduate Assistant Employment Handbook.
To apply for an assistantship: Submit Online Application